Select Specialty Hospitals are part of a national network of specialized acute care hospitals within Select Medical. Our programs and services have been designed to fit in the continuum of health care for those patients that are critically ill and need a longer acute hospitalization for their recovery.
Select Specialty Hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission, Medicare certified and licensed by the state in which they are located. Select Specialty Hospitals are participating providers with a wide variety of insurance plans.
What is a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital?
Occasionally, patients in the hospital have a need for longer hospital stays due to their illness, multiple injuries, pulmonary or medical complications. The unique medical needs of these types of patients require more intensive, focused hospital care combined with more aggressive therapy than a traditional hospital may be able to provide.
Think of us as the next step between a hospital intensive care unit and rehabilitation: Critical Care nursing and respiratory services combined with aggressive therapy.
What is the difference between Select Specialty Hospital and a traditional hospital?
The biggest difference is the specialization. It's all we do. All resources are focused on the patient, giving them what they need when they need it. We are able to combine the expertise of a nationally recognized hospital system with the personalized attention of a smaller setting.
Our patients tend to be very ill with multiple medical issues who need to be in a hospital level of care for extended periods, usually 20-30 days. Because of this length of stay, we know that we have the time to set both short-term and long-term goals. At Select Specialty Hospital, we take a patient-centered team approach, involving the family, the physicians, and all departments in making those plans. In contrast, a traditional hospital is designed to care for patients 3-5 days, making it difficult - if not impossible - to focus on the long-term.
We believe that providing early and aggressive care and providing the patient with what they need, when they need it is the best approach when caring for those with life a changing illness or catastrophic injury.